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When I was first exposed to The Stooges at age 16, I wanted to go throw out all my Sex Pistols, Clash and Bauhaus records because I had found the real deal. This sound brought with it a dirty r & b groove brought on by sweaty Motor City nights, the jonesing desperation of a junkie, and an attitude of rebellion against all accepted conventions. It was only later, after I had absorbed the music into my pores, that I found it was all created twenty years prior. I wondered then what it felt like to be there when Iggy and his Detroit disciples The MC5 accidentally invented Punk Rock. It must have pierced the summer of love like a needle through flesh. The energy in this performance captures some of that time period, and makes up for the lost energy of the blackout that cancelled the original date for which my brother had tickets. (Insert shoutout.) I had expected some blood and makeup, but then this ain't Kiss, the danger is real.

From the thunderous adrenaline rush of "Loose," there doesn't seem to be much room for advancement. But as the set progresses, the bar is raised and the gears shift ever higher. "1969" kicks the energy up a notch, "Dirt" adds yet another level, then non-stop through "Real Cool Time", the impressive new song "Skull Ring" and the frenzied jungle version of "Little Doll." The intensity builds as Iggy invites the chaotic crowd onstage. He's never courted disaster, he just fucks it and leaves. Osterberg delivers his usual captivating freak show, strutting, squirming and generally imitating an irate orangutan. (Coincidentally, Mike Watt's goofball mugging and head-shaking is not unlike a silverback gorilla.) Pop's influence on Lux Interior is made evident when he stuffs the mic down his already well occupied jeans, and humps the speakers. The in-be-fucking-tween song banter is fucking weird, as every fucking other word is "fucking." As in, "I fucking see every fucking one of you! Fucking bless you! " With odd swipes made at metaphysical recognizance.

Apparently, of all the people who have been hungering for the reunited Stooges, Ron Asheton is chief among them. His blistering licks give the impression he has been playing these riffs every day since the breakup. Next to Iggy's antics, Asheton is conspicuously stoic, relying on his guitar for expression. Brother Scott Asheton is equally emotionless on the drums, respectably getting down to business with no flashy bullshit. The Stooges' first two recordings are well represented, but unfortunately, Raw Power is completely overlooked. I'd have rather heard "Search And Destroy" or "Gimme Danger" than the reprise of "I Wanna Be Your Dog." I've only seen ? And The Mysterians pull a cheap stunt like that before.

The extras include an in-store where Scott Asheton proves he can rock using only a cardboard box. Yet Iggy still acts like he's performing in a stadium, making him seem out of touch.

-Ewan Wadharmi

Track Listing:
1. Loose
2. Down On The Street
3. 1969
4. I Wanna Be Your Dog
5. TV Eye
6. Dirt
7. Real Cool Time
8. No Fun
9. 1970
10. Funhouse
11. Skull Ring
12. Not Right
13. Little Doll
14. I Wanna Be Your Dog (Reprise)

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